After UCLA’s Saturday practice, head coach Jim Mora talked about his decision to stay, hiring Kennedy Polamalu as running backs coach, and the upcoming NFL draft.
Missouri handed No. 18 UCLA its first loss of the season on Saturday, defeating the Bruins 80-71 and extending its home winning streak to 24 games. Jabari Brown scored a game-high 22 points, and was one of three Tigers with at least 20 points.
UCLA’s season-low in scoring came on just 37.7 percent shooting, going 8-of-31 in the second. Sophomore guard Jordan Adams had 22 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine each had 13 points.
Travis and David Wear combined for four points in 43 minutes.
Q: News on offensive line coach Adrian Klemm? Worst secret in town is that Sark is chucking a lot of money at him to bring him over as a Trojan assistant…
A: I think we can let Klemm answer that:
— Adrian Klemm (@IAMKLEMM) December 6, 2013
I don’t expect any other staff departures at this point.
Q: Do you know how much has been pledged on to the new football facility at this point and when it is planned to begin? Continue reading
– Why Stanford will beat Arizona State for a Rose Bowl berth, according to the Bay Area News Group’s Jon Wilner.
– Steve Sarkisian has already hired two members of his Washington staff. Might defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox be the next to head to USC?
In a move that strengthens UCLA’s place atop Los Angeles, the Bruins are set to hire former USC assistant Kennedy Polamalu. Bruin Report Online first reported the news.
Polamalu replaces former UCLA running backs coach Steve Broussard, who was fired on Monday. The Bruins had landed just one running back recruit — four-star prospect Craig Lee — through their first two signing classes of the Jim Mora era.
Formerly known as Kennedy Pola, the 50-year-old is well known for his recruiting acumen. A Trojans’ fullback from 1982-1985, Polamalu became the school’s running backs/special teams coach in 2000. Over the next four seasons, he coached running backs Justin Vargas and Hershel Dennis, as well as All-American punter Tom Malone.
He also coached Reggie Bush and LenDale White when the pair combined for 1,604 yards and 21 touchdowns from scrimmage as freshmen. Continue reading
– UCLA’s 89-76 win was solid given that UCSB shot lights out early and looked like a team that could earn a March Madness berth. The key was a 27-of-36 showing at the free throw line, the first time the Bruins shot more than 30 in a game this season.
They are 8-0 for the first time since 2006-07.
– Freshman Zach LaVine led the team with 13 points at halftime, showing off his range with a number of deep threes. He still needs to improve his shot selection, but doesn’t seem fazed by a hand in his face or rushing defenders. I write more about him here. Continue reading
Jim Mora has agreed to a six-year extension with UCLA, the school announced today, ending nearly two days of speculation that he would bolt for Washington.
CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman first reported that Mora would stay.
Steve Sarkisian’s departure for USC had left the Huskies’ top spot open, giving Mora a chance to return to his alma mater and take what he had once called his “dream job.”
Practicality overwhelmed sentiment, however, and the 52-year-old opted to stay with the program he has touted as a budding national contender. The extension will keep him through the 2019 season. Continue reading